Compare Viread vs. Videx

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Viread
(tenofovir)

Videx
(didanosine or ddl)

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Also treats Hepatitis B Virus. Viread (tenofovir) is a first-line choice to be used in combination with other medications to treat HIV. Viread (tenofovir) is also a first-line choice in treating HBV.Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class, Videx can be a difficult drug to take. Videx has numerous serious side effects. It is also difficult taking Videx twice a day on an empty stomach.
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Side effects
VireadVidex
  • Rash 18%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Headache 14%
  • Pain 13%
  • Depression 11%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Weakness 10%
  • Back pain 9%
  • Abdominal pain 22%
  • Insomnia 18%
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How it works
VireadVidex
Viread (tenofovir) is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that prevents both HIV and hepatitis B virus from making copies of itself.Videx stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body by preventing the virus from taking over normal functions of the cell for its own purposes.
Type of medication
VireadVidex
Prescription only
Available as
VireadVidex
  • Pill
  • Powder
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
VireadVidex
  • HIV Infection
Risk factors for serious side effects
VireadVidex
  • Liver disease
  • Women
  • Obesity
  • Hepatitis B Virus infection
  • History of mental illness
Detailed Viread (tenofovir) risks & warnings »
  • Kidney problems
  • Use of stavudine, another HIV drug
  • Women
  • Use of hydroxyurea, stavudine, and Videx together
Detailed Videx (didanosine or ddl) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Food
VireadVidex
  • Taken only once daily, with or without food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
VireadVidex
  • Viread (tenofovir) is not yet approved for treating Hepatitis B. If you have hepatitis B and HIV, don't stop taking Viread (tenofovir) without talking to your doctor since your hepatitis can get worse. Your doctor will check your liver regularly.
  • People on Viread (tenofovir) have reported kidney damage, which can be made worse if you take high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs (Motrin/Advil, Aleve, Mobic, Voltaren, etc.). Call your doctor if you develop bone pain, pain in your arms or legs, or pain and weakness in your muscles.
  • There are newer formulations of Viread (tenofovir) available that are safer on your kidneys.
  • Not recommended for patients with kidney damage.
  • Videx can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use Videx. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.
  • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
Upsides and benefits
VireadVidex
  • Can be used with other medications to prevent HIV infection after an exposure.
  • Taken only once daily, with or without food.
  • There are newer formulations of Viread (tenofovir) available that are safer on your kidneys.
  • If tablets are hard for you to swallow, Viread (tenofovir) is available in a powder that's mixed with soft foods.
  • The oral solution can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
  • While Videx doesn’t cure HIV, it does reduce the number of viral copies being made in your blood, giving your healthy immune cells (CD4 cells) a better chance to do their job.
Downsides and risks
VireadVidex
  • Viread (tenofovir) can't be used on its own to treat HIV infection.
  • Not recommended for patients with kidney damage.
  • Can weaken your bones.
  • Might worsen hepatitis B infections if you suddenly stop taking it.
  • Must take on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before, or 2 hours after eating.
  • Take twice a day.
  • The amount of Videx you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
  • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
  • Can cause significant tingling in your hands or feet.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
VireadVidex
  • Avoid taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and Aleve in order to prevent damage to kidneys.
  • Patients should be tested for both HIV and Hepatitis B virus (HBV) before starting Viread (tenofovir).
  • Viread (tenofovir) powder should be mixed into soft food like applesauce or yogurt. Take it immediatly after mixing, otherwise the taste can turn bitter. Viread (tenofovir) powder cannot be mixed into liquids.
  • Immediately report any signs of liver problems (jaundice, dark urine, yellowing of eyes, etc.) or sensitivity reactions (rash, fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, etc.) to your prescriber.
  • Keep your regularly scheduled doctor's and lab appointments. These help ensure your medication is working well and safely.
  • Talk with your doctor about all other medications you are taking since Videx interacts with many other drugs.
  • Work with your doctor to get regular blood tests. The goal is to make sure the drug is working well and safely.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking Videx and report them to your doctor.
  • Read the Medication Guide given to you at the pharmacy about Videx since it contains helpful information.
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